The new Vantage debuts a bold new look to define a new generation of Aston Martin models; with performance from an AMG-built twin-turbo V8.
he heartbeat of Aston Martin’s purest model for seven decades, the Vantage nameplate has been worn by some true icons. It didn’t start off as a model of its own though; rather, the name was first used in 1951 to denote a high-output engine option for the DB2.
The DB4, DB5, and DB6 models that followed also had their Vantage derivatives. The first standalone Vantage model was a re-styled DBS Vantage powered by a 4.0-litre inlin-6 produced for just a year between the spring of 1972 and 1973.
The 1977 V8 Vantage was introduced as Britain’s first supercar with a 375hp 5.3-litre V8 propelling it to a top speed of 270 km/h. One of the fastest and most desirable cars of its day, the V8 Vantage went on to spawn Volante and Zagato versions before ceasing production.
A HERITAGE OF
A modern interpretation of the Vantage was launched in 2005, first offering 380hp from a 4.3-litre V8 before gradually upping its ante to 420hp from a 4.7, and subsequently a 5.9-litre V12 with 510 hp.
A new heir to the throne arrives; the latest Vantage is built on an all-new platform with revolutionary looks, better dynamics, and spectacular performance of a twin-turbocharged V8 from Mercedes-AMG. A recipe for success? You bet.
A spectacular new Aston Martin sports car demands a bold and distinctive design language. Pure, sculptural forms create an athletic predatory stance. Minimal overhangs, muscular flanks, and broad haunches express the car’s inherent agility and dynamism.
New head and tail lights give the Vantage unmistakable road presence and give it a distinctive identity within the Aston Martin range.
Aerodynamics greatly influence the Vantage’s design; a front splitter channels airflow underneath the car, where a system of fences divert cooling air where it is needed and also ensures clean airflow is fed to the rear diffuser.
MERCEDES AMG POWER
The heart of the Vantage is a potent 4.0-litre twin turbo engine from another manufacturer renowned for glorious-sounding V8s – Mercedes-AMG.
Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible for optimal centre-of-gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, this high performance, high efficiency engine develops 508 hp at 6,000rpm and 685 Nm at 2,000 – 5,000rpm whilst expelling just 245 g/km of CO2.
007’s NEW RIDE, THREE YEARS AGO
If you think the Vantage looks familiar, that’s probably because you might have seen it when watching the latest instalment of the James Bond movie franchise, Spectre, which debuted in 2015.
According to thisismoney.co.uk, the 007 producers, upon visiting Aston Martin’s design studio, preferred the looks of the Vantage, then still being sketched, over the DB11 that was slated for launch a few months after Spectre’s debut.
Persuaded by Spectre producer Barbara Broccoli and director Sam Mendes, Aston Martin design chief Marek Reichman commissioned ten cars built specially for the film featuring cues as seen in the Vantage’s design sketches. The cars are called the DB10 – a nameplate never before used by Aston Martin.
The dynamic brief of the new Vantage was to be as exciting and as engaging as possible whilst still offering a degree of day-to-day usability and not be too intimidating for regular drivers.
Yet, while comfort and pliancy are important qualities, the Vantage does not attempt to deliver GT levels of suppleness. Instead, the focus is on precision, consistency, and intuitive responses – just not done to the point of overkill.
METTLE ON TRACK
The Vantage GTE replaces the Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE, Aston Martin’s most successful competition car of all-time.
Built to comply with FIA’s GTE-class regulations, the new Vantage GTE is nominally based on the road car’s core design but is enhanced with extensive upgrades of its powertrain, chassis, and aerodynamics.
Practically developed alongside the road car, the Vantage GTE has completed more than 13,000km of testing that includes a successful 30-hour run at the Spanish circuit of Navarra and a rigourous durability programme at Sebring, Florida.
Aston Martin Racing’s engineers and factory drivers have worked hard together to optimize the drivability and performance of the Mercedes-AMG V8 powering the race car.
The Vantage GTE is set to challenge in the 2018/9 FIA World Endurance Championship season. This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro class winners Darren Turner and Jonny Adam have been retained by Aston Martin Racing, as have 2016 FIA WEC GTE Pro world champions Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. Ex-GP2 race winner and Formula E racer Alex Lynn has also been recruited.
"It speaks volumes for the outgoing Vantage that it is the single most successful model in Aston Martin’s history. Creating a worthy successor has been a challenge to relish and a huge source of motivation."
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer
Inside, the cockpit’s high waist interior theme and lower driving position creates a more immersive driving experience and contributes to significantly-improved headroom over the outgoing model.
A combination of rotary and toggle-style controls have been used for their tactile and intuitive functionality. The transmission’s PRND buttons have been moved into a triangular formation to cluster major controls into clearly-defined zones.
The Vantage deploys its impressive power and torque to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. This setup enables the Vantage to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and attain a top speed of 314 km/h.
Drivers can choose between three driving modes – Sport, Sport Plus, and Track – each with different powertrain, transmission, suspension, and steering calibrations.
A crucial addition to the new Vantage is Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). Unlike a conventional LSD, the E-Diff system can go from fully open to 100% locked in just milliseconds, and it ties in with the car’s electronic stability control system for maximum effectiveness.
The new Vantage is built on Aston Martin’s latest-generation all-aluminium platform with 70% new components bespoke to the Vantage. Its solidly-mounted subframe creates an immensely rigid structure provides precise and consistent location of the suspension, thus enabling the car to respond with greater immediacy whilst enhancing the driver’s sense of connection.